Are you longing for a simpler life? Do you wish you knew basics like how to bake bread? Do sunflowers and piglets make you smile? Then you’re in the right place. Join us on our journey to go from city dwellers to sustainable farmers, with a whole lot of expensive mistakes made along the way!
Today is slaughter day at our fledgling farm--pig slaughter day. And so I am in town at a coffee shop as I write this. Because I hate pig slaughter day. I mean, I was a vegetarian for 24 years! Raising pigs for food is a huge about face for me. And don't judge me too... Continue Reading →
Merry Christmas!! We hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday season! As empty nesters, the holidays are still evolving for us, but one thing is certain: We are trying reeeeeaaallly hard not to create extra waste! I remember when my kids were little, the shame I felt as we filled the garbage with... Continue Reading →
One thing we don't have to buy: harvest decor. I love decorating for the fall, and I love growing the pumpkins and corn stalks to do so! These mini pumpkins are Jack Be Littles and they are edible and taste good, according to the seed packet. And we had plenty! We must have had over... Continue Reading →
July is usually t-shirt weather when working in the garden, but not this year! I was out in rain gear and rubber boots today! Bleh!
We drove for 4 hours each way to pick up bacon bits today, but it was worth the drive. These are Berkshire pigs, an awesome breed, and we couldn't find a local breeder. Plus we got to explore a new part of the state as we drove, and we had a lot of quality time... Continue Reading →
Our very old farmhouse was built in pieces, and the kitchen (and therefore wood stove) got moved as the house got added on to. That means we had not one but two chimney holes in ceilings to deal with. We've yet to deal with the one in our daughter's bedroom, but the kitchen ceiling we... Continue Reading →
With these snowy days, I've noticed Rooster Cogburn has a funny habit...one that indicates life in the hen house is hard on a fellow! This photo isn't very good, but here's what happens: I open the chicken coop door and the "girls" decide it's still too cold to go out so they stay inside. But... Continue Reading →
I am working on an article about why we eat so much chicken in the U.S., and in doing so, thought maybe some people could benefit from knowing how to avoid buying the sterile, shrink-wrapped packages of breast meat so sadly prevalent in the modern-day grocery store and kitchen, and opt for a whole chicken... Continue Reading →
This morning I wanted to have something wholesome for my graveyard working husband to eat when he came home, something nourishing to fill his empty stomach but something a little sweet too to send him off to sleep with. I was thinking on old-fashioned recipes and what might fit the bill... Then I remembered the... Continue Reading →